Starting a new business is exciting; there’s no doubt about that.
Once you’ve gotten that big oh-my-god-yes-this-is-it idea, your mind immediately starts flooding with all of the things you want to do.
You’re going to write blog posts and create a course and do a mastermind and host retreats and do coaching calls and a weekly newsletter and, and and…AND.
Either one of two things happens:
- Your brain explodes and you get stuck in paralysis by analysis.
- You jump and start EVERYTHING at once only to be totally overwhelmed and underprepared when it all goes down.
Whether it was clients, friends, or even myself (a looong story for another day), I’ve seen online businesses fail time and time again by making one major mistake.
They’re flying blind.
In this visually driven, social-media-first world, it’s easy to think that everybody is doing everything all at once. But I’ve been in this industry long enough to know that the only people who actually succeed are the ones who have a plan.
So — how does one begin a great master plan for their business that will guide them through the next, 5, 10 and 15 years?
Grab a notebook and your favorite pen — because we’re getting to work.
First, I want you to empty out the contents of that beautiful mind of yours. Take a couple of blank pages and just start writing out all the things you think you need to do. It’s okay if some stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with business sneaks in there. Getting “pick up toilet paper” on the page is better than letting it live in your brain.
After you’ve run out of thoughts, get up and pour yourself a drink. Whether or not that drink is spiked is up to you.
Next, I want you to read over that list and start organizing it. First business from personal. Then by areas in your business, like admin, sales and marketing, for example. Then I want you to organize it even further by time. What HAS to get done today? This week? This month?
And more importantly — what can wait? What can we save for someday? What’s the most important big project or growth area you feel you need to tackle? What’s going to bring you the BIGGEST reward right now?
Whew. That was a lot of digging. Better pour one more drink.
Okay, so now that you’ve got all of your priorities laid out, I want you to schedule them. Put them in your calendar. Figure out how much time each task will take. And give yourself an extra half hour or so to do it.
Feel a little better? Good. Because this, my friend, is just the beginning. I’ve helped hundreds of online business owners develop their own master plans and put them to action. Entrepreneurs who were overwhelmed to the point of stagnancy who are now working less, making more and loving their jobs again.
I’ve helped them, and I’d love to help you.
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